Howard University Online Degrees, Campus Programs

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Howard University is one of 104 Historically Black Universities (HBU). Located in Washington D.C., Howard University was first established in 1866 shortly after the end of the Civil War by members of the First Congregational Society of Washington. The charter was enacted by Congress and approved by President Andrew Johnson on March 2, 1867. The institution was named for General Oliver O. Howard, a Civil War hero who was both a founder of the University and, at the same time, commissioner of the Freedmen’s Bureau. It is a private, coeducational institution that offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. Howard University is one of only 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research Extensive universities and is classified by the Carnegie Institute as a Research University (RU/H – “High Research Activity”). The University is currently comprised of 12 schools and colleges with 10,500 enrolled students who enjoy pursuing academics in more than 120 areas of study. The University produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world.

Even though it was primarily established for African-American students, Howard University has always been a nonsectarian, coeducational institution, open to all races and genders. In addition to a large selection of undergraduate programs, Howard also offers graduate programs in medicine, business, law, pharmacy, dentistry and divinity.

Howard’s notable alumni include: the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall; the first African-American governor L. Douglas Wilder; Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison; Savage Holdings LLC CEO and Howard Board of Trustees Chairman Frank Savage; Emmy Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad; opera singer Jessye Norman; actress, producer and director Debbie Allen; the first African-American president of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. LaSalle Leffall, Jr.; attorney, civil rights leader and Wall Street executive Vernon Jordan; former mayor and United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young; and the first female mayor of Atlanta, Shirley Franklin.

General Information

Admission Office

2400 Sixth Street NW

Washington, DC 20059

(202) 806-2700

(800) 469-2738

Fax: (202) 806-4467

Contact: Linda Saunders-Hawkins

Associate Director of Admissions
Main Address

2400 Sixth Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20059

(202) 806-6100

Total undergrads: 7,113

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,485

Degree-seeking undergrads: 7,086

Graduate enrollment: 1,787


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $45

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 49%

Percent students who return for sophomore year: 85%

College Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African Studies B
African-American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Arts Management B
Dance B
Design/Visual Communications B
Interior Design B
Jazz Studies B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music Conducting B
Music History/Literature B
Music Management/Merchandising B
Music Theory/Composition B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B
Theater Literature/History/Criticism B
Theater Arts Management B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Fashion Merchandising B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
Hospitality/Recreation Marketing B
Insurance/Risk Management B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Research B

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Systems Analysis B
Computer/Systems Security C
Information Sciences/Systems B


Art Teacher Education B
English Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B


Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B
Systems Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
French B
German B
Greek, Ancient B
Greek, Modern B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Dental Hygiene C
Medical Radiologic Technology B
Music Therapy B
Physician Assistance B
Recreational Therapy B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Nutrition Sciences B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B,C
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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